I took this photo of the sun last night through a special solar lens filter. If you look at the upper left side, you will see a sunspot (sunspots are caused by magnetic solar flares). In order to make sure that it wasn’t just something on my lens, I took multiple comparison photos, and I checked NASA’s website. Sure enough, it matches!

Some interesting facts:

  • The sun is 93 million miles away from the earth.
  • At the time of capture, the image was already 8 minutes old. That is how long it takes light to travel 93 million miles.
  • The small sunspot is dozens of times larger than planet earth.

The filter I used for this photo is the same filter I used to take eclipse photos in August.  It’s really interesting to see what it can capture!

About Anne Fellegy

Anne Fellegy is a freelance writer, desktop publisher, graphic designer and photographer. She is a contributing writer for and has designed promotional marketing and advertising materials for Lifetime Fitness, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Montgomery Ward Auto Express, and the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.
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